Obituaries

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Tue
18
Dec

Don Reece

Don Reece
March 25, 1932 to December 8, 2018

Don Reece, 86, of Elkader passed away Saturday December 8, 2018, in his home with his loving family by his side.

Don was the son of Carl and Bertha (Bock) Reece of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Don was born in Iowa City, Iowa on March 25th, 1932. Don lived in Iowa City and graduated from City High School in Iowa City. After high school Don Joined the Air Force in March 1951 where he served as a Staff Sargent of preventative medicine during the Korean War. Don was honorably discharged.

Tue
18
Dec

Thomas Koehn

Thomas Koehn

Thomas Ray Koehn, 68, of Elkader, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018, at Central Community Hospital following a long illness. Tom was born in McGregor, on December 12, 1950, to Alvin and Ruby (Kurth) Koehn. He graduated from Central Community School.

Over the years, Tom worked at Hilton Homes, Guttenberg, Trademark Homes, Dyersville and Iowa Turkey Producers, Postville. Most recently, he enjoyed delivering the Cedar Rapids Gazette to subscribers on his route.
Tom was very dedicated to his family. He enjoyed taking his mom and Connie for car rides whenever he could. He was so proud that he and Connie were able to bring mom home for Sunday meals when she was a resident in the care center. He also enjoyed trail rides—watching them gather and seeing the group leave for the big ride. Tom enjoyed visiting with people and it was not unusual to see him visiting with someone.

Tue
11
Dec

David F. Wilson, M.D.

David F. Wilson, M.D.
December 7, 1936 to November 13, 2018

David Franklin Wilson was born in Millville, Iowa, to Beulah (Grimes) and Richard “Bob” Wilson. Born December 7, 1936, he was delivered by his physician grandfather, who traveled 12 miles through snow by a horse-drawn sleigh.

David grew up in Colesburg, played on the Colesburg baseball team when the Trojans won the Iowa State Championship in 1952. He attended the University of Iowa for undergraduate and medical school. His residency program in otolaryngology occurred at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. During his residency, David was selected to serve in the U.S. Navy and assigned to Navy Medical Services in Washington, D.C. In 1971, he was appointed a fellowship at the House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, where he specialized in neurotology.

Tue
04
Dec

Douglas Larson

Douglas Larson
May 6, 1962 to November 26, 2018

Douglas Donald Larson, 56, of Elkader passed away on Monday November 26, 2018, at his residence. Doug was born on May 6, 1962, at Central Community Hospital of Elkader, Iowa, to Donnie and Rita (Farmer) Larson. Doug was baptized at Highland Lutheran Church and was confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ.  He attended Central Community Schools in Elkader.

Doug was married to Sue Ann Boots and to this union one daughter, Alison, was born. They were later divorced.

After high school, Doug was employed by Korte Implement in Elkader. He later started working at Auto Collision Specialists for Bud Miller and was still enjoying his work at the time of his death.

At family gatherings, Doug was considered the instigator. He loved getting all the little great nieces and nephews wound up by telling his crazy stories. They all loved him so dearly.

Wed
28
Nov

LaNida Eberhardt

LaNida Eberhardt
October 15, 1924 to November 19, 2018

LaNida Minnie (Glawe) Eberhardt, 94, of Elkader, passed away Monday, November 19, 2018, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. She was born October 15, 1924, at home, near Clayton Center, to Lucy (Lembke) and Lawrence Glawe. LaNida was also baptized at home on the day of her birth. Her godparents were Minnie Lembke, Lena Glawe and Elmer Glawe. She was confirmed in March of 1936, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center, by Rev. Harder from St. Paul’s in Garnavillo. LaNida attended Denmark Country School and Elkader High School, graduating with the class of 1942.

She was united in marriage to LeRoy Louis Eberhardt on November 25, 1942, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clayton Center by Rev. D.A. Flesner. Three children were born to this union. Together the couple farmed, and LaNida very much enjoyed working beside LeRoy and being a farm wife. The couple moved to town on Thanksgiving, 1985.

Wed
28
Nov

John Johnstone

John Johnstone
John Johnstone

John Johnstone passed away November 23, 2018, at Elkader Care Center after a long illness. John was known for loving photography, having a dry wit and always wearing loafers. John majored in piano at Chicago Music College in the 1940’s, where he met his first wife, Joan. John had six children and two stepchildren, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During his younger years John enjoyed throwing parties for his work friends at A.C. Nielsen, smoking cigars, drinking martinis and correcting his children’s grammar. He is preceded in death by his second wife of 35 year, Yvonne (Swedo) Johnstone.  

His family would like to thank the exceptional nurses at Crossing Rivers Hospice, the caring and attentive staff at Elkader Care Center, the staff at Central Community Hospital during respite stays, and the friends he made at Kingston Court Assisted Living for caring and asking about him.

Per Mr. Johnstone’s wishes there will not be a service.

Tue
20
Nov

Jacob Beeh

Jacob Beeh
June 16, 1954 to November 13, 2018

Jacob Omer Beeh passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on November 13, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospital. Jake was born in Manchester, Iowa, on June 16, 1954, to Philip and Cora Nita Beeh. On September 27, 1980, he was married to his wife of 38 years, Connie Marie (Bolsinger). Together they had three sons, Joshua (Jinna), Jason and Jared (Brandie). He also had two granddaughters who adored him, Ari and Zoe.

Jake graduated from Central Community High School in 1972. He enjoyed learning and fixing things. That helped him to be able to do a variety of work.  He spent many years working hard on the farm. He was also an exceptional welder. But he was most proud of his years as an EMT. He loved being able to help people in any way.

Wed
14
Nov

Susan Wilke

Susan Wilke
August 26, 1956 to October 30, 2018

Susan JoAnn Wilke, 62, of Dubuque, Iowa, formerly of Monona, Iowa, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018, surrounded by family. Susan was born August 26, 1956, to Thomas and Mary Jo (Iverson) Wilke in Decorah, Iowa. She graduated from MFL High School with the class of 1974 and attended Luther College earning her B.A. in 1978. Throughout the years, Susan was an art teacher, owned and operated five Hallmark Stores, and currently owned and operated Ink & Stamp with Sue in Galena, Illinois.

From an early age, Susan took great pride in her role as a big sister. The four siblings shared a love of their grandma’s caramel suckers and cranberry cake, and could be brought to tears laughing over Susan’s infamous Chippewa Flowage spill on water skis.

Wed
14
Nov

Mary Reece

Mary Reece
October 3, 1933 to November 4, 2018

Mrs. Mary Rae (Don) Reece of Elkader Iowa, passed away Sunday November 4th, 2018, in her home with her loving husband of 62 years and family at her side at the age of 85. Mary Rae was the only child of Raymond George Dauber and Mary Grace (Smith) Dauber of Iowa City. Mary Rae was born on October 3rd of 1933, in New Orleans, Louisiana, where her father was a teacher and coach at Tulane University. Mary Rae and her parents moved back to Iowa City in 1945. Mary Rae studied at the University of Iowa in Liberal Arts.

Mary Rae had a passion for horses and showing that she passed on to her three daughters.

Wed
14
Nov

William “Bill” Kramer

William “Bill” Kramer
May 15, 1941 to November 4, 2018

William Franklin “Bill” Kramer, 77, of Elkader, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 4, 2018, following a long battle with SCA (Spinal Cerebrum Atrophy) at the Elkader Care Center surrounded by his family. The family made the decision to donate his body to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program.

Bill was born to Alfred and Charlotte (Dohrer) Kramer May 15, 1941, in Elkader. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. He attended Elkader Central Schools, graduating with the Class of 1959. After graduation, he worked for Commercial Wire Products in Rockford, IL. In 1963, he was instrumental in establishing another plant location in Elkader called Elkader Wire Display Company, where he became the plant foreman.

In 1964, he joined the Army National Guard serving six years and was honorably discharge in 1970.

He was united in marriage to Sandy Burgett on February 17, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader.

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